President Donald Trump selected Judge Brett Kavanaugh to become an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States with an announcement on July 9, 2018, filling the vacancy left by the retirement of Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh's nomination needs to be confirmed by the United States Senate before he can join the Supreme Court. When nominated, Kavanaugh was a sitting judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to which he had been appointed by George W. Bush.
Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court on June 27, 2018, after having served on the court for over 30 years. His resignation is set to become effective on July 31, 2018.
Kavanaugh was officially announced as the nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States on July 9, 2018, selected as the Supreme Court nominee from among a list of "25 highly qualified potential nominees" considered by the Trump Administration. Reasons cited by President Trump for the nomination of Kavanaugh included his "impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications, and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law" with the emphasis that "what matters is not a judge’s political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require."
Kavanaugh's nomination must be confirmed by the United States Senate before his appointment to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh has stated that if he is confirmed by the Senate, he will "keep an open mind in every case" and that he "will always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American Rule of Law".
Senate Republicans have expressed support for Kavanaugh's nomination. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stated his intent to support the nomination, referring to Kavanaugh as "highly regarded throughout the legal community". The Republican Party currently holds a 51–49 majority in the Senate.
Liberal professor Akhil Reed Amar from Yale Law School called the nomination of Kavanaugh Trump's "finest hour, his classiest move". Amar also remarked that Kavanaugh "commands wide and deep respect among scholars, lawyers, and jurists".
It was also reported by Vox, that some Social conservatives are disappointed that Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh. The American Family Association, a socially conservative organization founded in 1977, immediately called on its members to rally against Kavanaugh, another organization, March for Life, had concerns about Kavanaugh that its leadership shared with Vice President Mike Pence, arguing that the judge lacked the “backbone” to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stated that Kavanaugh's hearings will occur prior to the November midterm elections. While the exact date has not been declared, it has been stated that the hearings will occur during September or October 2018.